McLaughlin, Shadwell weigh options for Mohaymen
August 04, 2017 03:25pm
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Shadwell Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen may run in either of two races this weekend or not at all, depending on the weather and a meeting with Shadwell racing manager Rick Nichols on Saturday, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. 

The 4-year-old Mohaymen, a $2.2 million son of Tapit, is entered for main track only in the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Mellon turf course Saturday. The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain Friday night and a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday.

Mohaymen, a one-time leading Triple Crown contender that has gone winless since the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth last February, also drew the rail in a field of six for Sunday's $100,000 Alydar at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

"We'll look at the track tomorrow if it rains off and see who scratches and make a decision when it's time," McLaughlin said. "We will talk with Rick Nichols about Sunday, too, whether we're going to scratch and run in the Alydar. But he's here to run, one way or the other."

McLaughlin said it's possible that they look for another spot altogether during the meet for Mohaymen, who arrived in Saratoga on Friday from Belmont Park, where he was fourth in the Grade 3 Westchester and 11th in the Grade 1 Met Mile before finishing sixth in an optional claiming allowance July 14, his turf debut.

"We're adding blinkers and we're looking for a softer spot. I don't know that [the Lure] is that soft a spot, but if it rains off it will become a softer spot," he said. "The Alydar is not as soft but it's different than the Met Mile. We'll see, but he's here and doing well. Obviously if he runs and does well we would keep going with him. We'd have to talk again."

Source: NYRA Communications


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